NBA Preview: Brooklyn Nets Must Control Paint To Stop Sacramento Kings
The Brooklyn Nets took the Boston Celtics for granted Friday night and paid the price, as they were defeated 91-84 in Boston. The Sacramento Kings are not of the elite teams in the NBA, but as the Nets learned, you must take every game seriously, no matter the team’s record.
The Nets are hoping that Kevin Garnett will be ready to play after sitting out the last few games due to back problems. In his absence, Mason Plumlee has put up solid numbers and seems to fit in nicely with the starting unit. Shaun Livingston has been going through quite a struggle lately, and it might be time for Jason Kidd to pull the plug on the small-ball experiment.
The Kings come onto the game with a record of 22-40 and will have another year without any chance of seeing the postseason. DeMarcus Cousins is the face of this franchise, but the losing and immaturity has taken a toll on his game and the way the fanbase sees him. Rudy Gay was brought over to provide some spark into the team, but nothing has occurred to say that made a good trade for Gay. Isaiah Thomas has been exceptional for the Kings, but with all this talent, they still can’t seems to put together a winning season.
The Nets will have to come out and find a way to get into Cousin’s head to take him off his game because if not, he will destroy the smaller Nets down low. This will be a big game for Marcus Thornton as he goes against his former team. Great news for the Nets is that Thornton has seemed to found his shooting stroke that was missing this season while he played for the Kings.
This is not a do-or-die game for the Nets, but it is still vital to their playoff chance. These are the games playoff teams must win and the Nets can’t afford to take another bottom-feeder for granted.